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GRID-Arendal Student Internship Programme 2017


GRID-Arendal is currently accepting applications for student internship for 2017. The programme offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical work experience developing skills under the guidance of experts, working in a multi-cultural international organization. If you are thinking of working on global environment issues, an internship at GRID-Arendal could be an ideal start for you.

In particular we are looking for students with the following interest areas; future forward communications technologies,  social media, or scientific or topical areas such as marine spatial planning, marine litter, GIS and web mapping, Green Economy or Ecological Economics, sustainable development, climate change vulnerability and adaptation (especially in a mountain environment), and students that have a profound interest in one of GRID-Arendal’s programmes, such as Transboundary Waters, Environmental Crime, Blue Carbon, or Polar and Mountain Environments.

Participants will:

  • Gain practical, professional experience on environmental issues.
  • Work full-time, 5 days a week.
  • Participate in meetings with colleagues and experts.
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to reports, communications, talking points, or other materials prepared by GRID-Arendal.
  • Support events, including international and/or multilateral meetings and conferences.

Internships are approved in the form of signed agreements between GRID-Arendal and a host institution, university, organization, sponsorships etc.

These agreements should specify:

  • obligations of all parties (intern, GRID-Arendal, host institution or sponsor)
  • timeframe
  • GRID-Arendal work programme assignment and general description of work tasks        practical and financial responsibilities of all parties (including travel, accommodation)
  • mutual contact information
  • insurances, social security conditions and responsibilities
  • the right to mutual termination notice 
  • assessment reporting procedures and outputs during and/or after internship period.

Generally, GRID-Arendal offers accommodation, a work programme, a supervisor, and the necessary office space and equipment. Travel and per diem expenses are normally paid by the partner institution/university etc.

Eligibility Criteria

Due to the large number of applicants and the limited number of places available per year, applicants are strongly advised to note the following minimum eligibility criteria for an internship at GRID-Arendal. If all of the requirements are not met, the application will not be processed

1. Undergraduates (juniors and seniors) and Graduate Students

  • A student is an indiviidual who is enrolled in a degree-seeking program in an accredited college or university.
  • An applicant is considered a junior if he/she will have completed all sophomore credits by the time the internship begins and will be entering at least the junior year immediately following completion of the internship.
  • An indviidual enrolled in school and receiving credit toward their degree for participating in the Internship programme is also considered a student.

(NB: applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate levels should have completed at least three years of university studies)

2. Willingness to work as an intern on a full-time basis spending five days a week for a period of not less than three months and not exceeding six months.

3. Endorsement from applicant’s educational institution, attesting to the fact that the applicant is currently a registered student and will continue to be enrolled for the envisaged period of the internship. A letter from any one of the following personnel is suggested:

  • Dean of Students or dean of faculty
  • Registrar
  • Placement officer

4. Excellent written and spoken English, which is the working language of GRID-Arendal.

How to apply:

Please submit the following documents to the Head of Human Resources at hr@grida.no:

1.    Statement of Interest: Please include your preferred start up date/ specific availability dates, a short Statement of Interest describing your academic background, courses completed, foreign languages or other skill sets that may be relevant to GRID-Arendal’s areas of work. Consider including information about experiences that make you unique.

2.    A detailed CV, including date of birth, nationality, address, and educational enrolment dates

3.    Required Documents. Please provide us with proof of student status in the form of an official or unofficial transcript of records and copies of university degrees, diplomas obtained if available and enrolment period.

A signed and stamped letter of endorsement from your educational institution, attesting to the fact that applicant is currently a registered student and will continue to be enrolled for the proposed period of the internship.

Application deadline: 8 January 2017.

Qualified applicants will be interviewed by phone/skype in January 2017. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via email.



GRID-Arendal, a Norwegian foundation and Center collaborating with UNEP, is located in southern Norway. Established in 1989 by Norway’s Ministry of Environment, GRID-Arendal’s activities specifically support UNEP’s Programme of Work. GRID-Arendal’s mission is to provide environmental information, communications and capacity building services for information management and assessment. Together with its partners, GRID-Arendal’s core focus is to support decision-making processes aimed at securing a sustainable future.